Erik Benson


Erik Benson

Erik has helped build seed- and early-stage technology startups in Seattle and Portland since joining Voyager in 1998. His current portfolio includes Act-On Software, Binary Fountain, Chirpify (board of directors), Lighter Capital (board of directors), Lytics (board of directors), SheerID (board of directors), Shiftboard (board of directors), and Stackery.

Erik was previously responsible for Voyager's investments in Anova Data (acquired by Ribbon Communications), aQuantive (IPO then acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by Esri), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts), MakeTV (acquired by LTN Global) and Skyward (acquired by Verizon).

Prior to joining Voyager, Erik was president of Mimix, a Seattle-based pioneer in 3D motion capture software. He began his career in the financial services industry as a trader and investment banker at Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase).

Erik has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Pacific Lutheran University, where he currently serves on the board of regents and chairs their investment committee.